Sleep Signals’ New EP Sure To “Wake Up” More New Fans

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Early this past September, underground rock act Sleep Signals released its latest studio recording, its EP At The End of the World to the masses. The six-song record, which features musical arrangements that will appeal to fans of Avenged Sevenfold, is a strong effort from the Minneapolis, MN-based band. That is due in part to a diverse array of musical arrangements exhibited throughout its run. This will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements. They will be discussed later. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements, and ensures just as much as its musical and lyrical content, listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment. Each element noted here is important in its own right to the EP’s whole. All things considered, the noted elements make this record a work that is certain to wake lots of new listeners.

Sleep Signals’ latest studio recording At The End of the World is a solid new effort that is certain to wake up plenty of new listeners, including possibly mainstream radio programmers. That is especially the case as the band tours in support of its new EP alongside Elisium on “The High Tides Tour.” That ensured growth and success is due in part to the diversity presented in the EP’s musical arrangements. The record opens with an up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement in ‘Suit & Tie Suicide’ that is easily likened to songs from Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides and other similar acts. ‘I’ll Save You,’ the EP’s second song, is just as easily compared to the aforementioned band through its musical arrangement. The band doesn’t stick to that one sound too long, though. ‘Edge of My Sanity’ noticeably changes things up with an arrangement that will appeal to fans of Saving Abel, Hinder, Seether and other similar acts. Such a juxtaposition between the EP’s first three songs makes for quite an impact. The interest doesn’t end there, either. ‘Drive,’ the EP’s fourth track, presents a pure hard rock arrangement that, when coupled with front man Robert Cosgrove’s vocal delivery, conjures thoughts of Buckcherry (at least in this critic’s ears). ‘Rewind’ meanwhile presents an arrangement that leans more in an emocore direction. As the record comes to its end in ‘Welcome to the Masquerade,’ it actually becomes even more musically interesting as it takes those Avenged Sevenfold, etc. influences already exhibited early on and crosses them with the also noted emocore leanings that are also included here. The end result is a work that will certainly keep listeners’ attention just as much as the record’s other works. Whether for that song, the record’s others or all together, it becomes clear in examining the EP’s musical arrangements why exactly they are so critical to its overall performance. They display a wide range of influences that will easily reach just as many listeners. That is definitely to be commended in examining the EP. It is of course just one of the EP’s most important elements. Its lyrical themes are just as important to discuss as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical themes presented throughout Sleep Signals’ new EP At The End of the World because they are just as widespread as the record’s musical arrangements. ‘Suit & Tie Suicide’ comes across as a commentary on people not trying to live their lives, but rather becoming conditioned by life. This is inferred as Cosgrove sings, “Wake up, punch the clock/Another day in a dead-end job/We waste away/We never question who we are and what will be/Are we too blind to see/Reality, a mass deception/But we still feed the machine/9 to 5, we work our lives away/Day in, day out/Suit and tie suicide/Join the funeral procession/It’s our same-routine obsession/You’re not living when you’re dead inside/Suit & tie suicide.” It comes across as a call to people to not be afraid to live their lives; call to take those chances in life. It is not a rare message anywhere in the musical universe, but a positive one nonetheless.

As serious as Sleep Signals is in its new EP’s opener, it doesn’t stay too serious for too long. ‘Drive’ supports that statement through its lyrical theme, which is a simple song about a woman. Cosgrove sings of the woman in question, “I didn’t wanna be the one to slow us down and fall behind/But I’m addicted to how she moves/She goes so fast she blows my mind/3 a.m., an empty room/A night so long, it’s never-ending/She always gets what she wants/Keeps me knocking down the door/I’m always coming back for more.” That is just a small glimpse into how crazy the woman in question makes the song’s subject. Cosgrove additionally sings from the subject’s viewpoint, “I wanna get you alone,” clearly showing how much he wants the woman. The energy in the song’s musical arrangement makes that message even more fun. Even as much as it stands out from the more serious message of the EP’s opener, it is not the last example of the EP’s lyrical diversity. ‘Welcome to the Masquerade,’ the EP’s closer is certain to generate its own share of discussions if it hasn’t already done so.

Cosgrove sings in the first verse of ”Welcome to the Masquerade,’ “You wear a crown of fake gold/You live a life you sold your soul…your heart is black/This time it’s over/So don’t close your eyes/You must see what you have done/See what you have become/And now I’ll carry on/You will never be the death of me/I will watch you waste life away/Day by day/Behind the mask into the shade/Welcome to the masquerade.” That lead verse leads one to infer that the song is meant to be a commentary on someone who has lived a life trying to deceive others, yet hasn’t fully succeeded in doing that. That seeming commentary is strengthened even more as Cosgrove sings in the song’s second verse, “Another place, another time/Another day you left behind/Everyday/And everyone/Your time is coming/So don’t close your eyes/You must see what you have done/See what you’ve become.” It’s a strong message, needless to say, and yet another example of the record’s lyrical diversity. It still is not the last of the songs that serves to exemplify that diversity, either. The EP’s other songs serve in their own right to support that statement just as much. Keeping that in mind, examining those songs along with the works noted here proves the importance of the EP’s lyrical themes to its whole just as much as its musical arrangements. They of course are collectively still not the last important element to note here. The record’s overall sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing of Sleep Signals’ new EP rounds out its most important elements. In examining the record’s sequencing, listeners will note that the EP’s energy remains relatively stable from one song to the next. The record’s first two entries are solid, driving works even despite their different stylistic approaches in their arrangements. ‘Edge of My Sanity’ pulls things back even more with its brooding musical and lyrical energies. Even being brooding, those energies only last so long before the EP picks right back up in ‘Drive.’ That driving energy remains right to the record’s end, ensuring even more listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment. Simply put, from one song to the next, it is clear that plenty of time and thought was put into this record’s sequencing. That time and thought paid off, too. When it is considered alongside the songs’ arrangements and their lyrical themes, the whole of the record proves to be another solid effort that definitely will wake up plenty of new fans.

Sleep Signals’ new EP At The End of the World is a solid new effort that is certain to wake plenty of new fans to the band and its body of work. That is proven through the diversity exhibited in the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes. The time and thought put into the record’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation. When all three elements are joined, they make this EP a work that is certain to wake lots of new fans. It is available now, and can be bought at any of the band’s current live dates. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below. Tickets for the shows can be bought at the band’s official website.

11/22 Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.
11/24 Satellite Beach, FL @ Wynfield’s
11/26 Daytona Beach, FL @ Rok Bar
11/28 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
11/30 Destin, FL @ Club L.A.
12/1 Lake Charles, LA @ The Center Stage
12/2 Houston, TX @ Acadia
12/3 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
12/5 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
12/6 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
12/7 Ames, IA @ DG’s Tap House
12/8 Fort Atkinson, WI @ Hijynx
12/9 Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddy’s Bar

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The Reverend Shawn Amos Debuts Second Single From ‘The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down’

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The Reverend Shawn Amos is giving audiences another taste of his next new album.

Amos debuted this week the song ‘2017,’ which is included in his forthcoming full-length studio recording The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. the album is currently scheduled to be released Feb. `16, 2018. Amos said of the song, which was recorded with the surviving members of Al Green’s famed 1970 rhythm section at Memphis’ Royal Studios, in a recent interview that the song is focuses on getting people to stop and think.

‘2017’ is just the latest single to be released from The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. ‘Ain’t Gonna Name Names’

was released this past spring.

More information on ‘2017’ is available online along with Amos’ new album and more at:

Website: http://www.shawnamos.com

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The Veer Union Debuts New Single, Video Ahead Of Box Set’s Release; To Tour This Fall, Winter

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The Veer Union has released some more new music for its fans.

The band recently debuted the lyric video for its latest single ‘My Last Regret’ in anticipation of the upcoming release of its new career retrospective box set Decade: History of our Evolution. Pre-orders for the six-disc collection are open now.

Front man Crispin Earl recently discussed the band’s new single, explaining the introspective message at its center.

“I think we can call relate to at least one time in our lives where we wish we could have just made a better decision than the one we made in the past; in retrospect, as an artist, those mistakes that we make are also the same things that inspire us to make music from the depths of our hearts,” Crispin said.

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While an official street date has not yet been announced for Decade: History of Our Evolution has not yet been announced, the band has already announced an early tour schedule in support of its new compilation set. The tour is currently scheduled to launch Dec. 8 in Mercersburg, PA and to run through Feb. 17 in Seattle, WA. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

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The Veer Union Epic Evolution Tour Dates:
12/08 @ Mercersburg Mansion House – Mercersburg, PA
12/09 @ Monraes – Penneville, NY
12/30 @ Evening Star – Niagara Falls, NY
12/31 @ TBA – Philadelphia / Easton, PA
01/02 @ Irish Wolf – Scranton, PA
01/03 @ Whislky Warehouse – Mansfield, OH
01/04 @ Empire – Akron, OH
01/05 @ The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
01/06 @ Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
01/07 @ TBA – St. Joseph, MI
01/09 @ TBA – Lafayette, IN
01/10 @ Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
01/11 @ TBA – Rockford, IL
01/12 @ Penny Road – Barrington, IL
01/13 @ Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
01/14 @ Hijinx – Fort Atkinson, WI
01/16 @ Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
01/17 @ Cafe Acoustic – St. Joseph, MO
01/18 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
01/19 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
01/20 @ TAB – Omaha, NE
01/24 @ TBA – Grand Junction, CO
01/25 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denverr, CO
01/26 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
01/28 @ Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
01/30 @ Limelight – San Antonio, TX
02/02 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
02/03 @ BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX
02/06 @ TBA – Flagstaff, AZ
02/07 @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
02/08 @ TBA – San Diego, CA
02/09 @ Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
02/10 @ TBA – Modesto, CA
02/11 @ Holy Driver – Sacramento, CA
02/13 @ TBA – Eugene, OR
02/15 @ Rock Hard PDX – Portland, OR
02/16 @ TBA – Spokane, WA
02/17 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA

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Website: http://www.theveerunion.com

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All Hail The Yeti Offers New Album Update

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All Hail The Yeti is hard at work in the studio on its next album.

The band recently announced this week that it is working with Grammy Award-winning producer Warren Riker (Down, Kill Devil Hill, Crowbar) on its third full-length studio recording at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, NJ. The band has been posting updates on its work on its Facebook page, too, keeping fans updated on its work.

Band front man Connorr Garritty said in a recent interview that he thought the album was progressing well, adding having Riker manning the boards has played directly into that positive progress.

“This process has been absolutely amazing,” Garritty said. “Warren dove right into the songs and has quickly become a fifth member of the band. His positivity and creativeness were exactly what we needed to make this record! the whole process felt so natural and unforced. to be able to work with someone who has such a diverse musical background really helped take this record to the next level. He has a great ear for every type of music, not just heavy metal, and I think that is what has made this so special. We could not be happier. Hopefully the world is ready for this chapter of All Hail the Yeti.

More updates on the album’s progress will be posted including tour news. Fans can keep up with it all online at:

Website: http://www.allhailtheyeti.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialallhailtheyeti

Twitter: http://twitter.com/allhailtheyeti

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MLB, Shout! Factory Announce Word Series Sets Release Dates, Specs

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The bats and balls have been put away for another season as the World Series has come to a historic end once again. While the start of the 2018 season is some six months away or so, Major League Baseball and Shout! Factory are giving audiences the chance to re-live the World Series on DVD and Blu-ray while they wait for the 2018 season in the form of the new World Series documentary and complete World Series set.

Major League Baseball and Shout! Factory will release The 2017 World Series documentary film and 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros Tuesday, Dec. 5 on DVD and Blu-ray. the documentary presentation is presented on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital combo pack and follows the Astros’ unlikely post season run to baseball’s top prize, only months after Houston was decimated by mother nature. the story is told through the words of the Astros’ players and footage culled from the regular and post season including the team’s championship parade.

The eight-disc 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros presents the seven-game World Series between the Astros and Dodgers as well as the team’s pennant-clenching win in the American League Central Series Game 7 at Minute Maid Park. As with MLB’s previous World Series collector’s sets, this set also includes a complete guide that includes the full stats and more for each of the series’ games, right down to the gametime weather and more. The games are also featured once again from the Astros’ radio network, the Dodgers’ radio network and in SPanish-language broadcast.

The 2017 World Series documentary runs 90-minutes and will retail for MSRP of $24.99 (DVD)/$34.93 (Blu-ray). 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros runs 20 hours across its eight discs and will retail for MSRP of $59.99 (DVD)/$$79.97 (Blu-ray).
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Universal Pictures’ Thompson “Bio” Is One Of Murray’s Finest Comedic Performances

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Early this past June, Shout! Factory released to audiences what can only be described as one of the single most outrageous movies that the home entertainment company has ever put out when it made available Where The Buffalo Roam. This semi-biopic focuses on the career of the infamous journalist Hunter S. Thompson. It follows Thompson (played here by comic legend Bill Murray) over the course of the 1960s and 70s, culminating with Thompson following Richard Nixon’s campaign for the presidency. That story is among the movie’s most important elements. Murray’s portrayal of Thompson is just as important to note in examining the movie’s presentation as the story itself. The bonus interview with Thompson’s friend, screenwriter John Kaye, rounds out the movie’s most important elements. Each of the elements noted here is important in its own right to the movie’s presentation. All things considered, they make Where The Buffalo Roam one of the most intriguing cinematic offerings that Shout! Factory has ever released.

Shout! Factory’s release this past June of Universal Pictures’ Where The Buffalo Roam is one of the most significant of the home entertainment company’s releases so far this year. That is because it marked the first time that this take on Thompson’s life and career had been released up to that point. Given, it is not the first Thompson “bio” to be released — Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) presents another Thompson story — but is still quite the interesting story. the story opens with Thompson writing about his adventures with then lawyer Oscar Acosta during the 1960s and 70s. The pair’s drug and alcohol-fueled adventures play out like a Cheech & Chong movie, only more out there. From getting a hotel staff involved in his own out there football game as he tries to cover the Super Bowl to basically kidnapping a young hitchhiker, leaving the young man think he’s going to be killed, to addressing a group of college students about journalism as he drinks and smokes to so much more, the adventures featured in this story are so uncomfortable and unsettling that one can’t help but watch to see just how outrageous they can become. It is one of those stories that is so rare that it absolutely must be seen to be understood and appreciated. Keeping that in mind, it proves to be a story that is unforgettable and will be talked about for years to come, proving without a doubt its importance to this movie. It is of course, only one of the movie’s most important elements. Bill Murray’s take on Thompson is just as important to discuss in examining this movie as the movie’s story.

Murray’s take on Thompson is just as outrageous to experience as the story at the center of this movie. The lack of balance in Thompson’s personality throughout the movie is at times just as unnerving as the movie’s story, but that is meant in a positive manner. Viewers never know from one moment to the next which side of Thompson is going to come out, right up to the story’s final act. Viewers are left asking at the end if Thompson had finally gotten himself in order as he joins the Nixon campaign as a reporter or was it just one more part of a bigger story. His instability as he checks into his hotel ahead of the Super Bowl and as he trades a set of media passes for a man’s hat is just as entertaining in those moments as so many others. Murray really makes Thompson such an intriguing figure from one moment to the next. On a side note, it is interesting to note that Where The Buffalo Roam made its theatrical debut only months ahead of Caddyshack, another Bill Murray hit flick. Comparing Murray’s character in each movie, one can’t help but notice the similarities in the two men. It leaves one wondering if they played into one another at least to some point. Regardless, Murray’s portrayal of Thompson in Where The Buffalo Roam is still so wildly entertaining that it alone makes the movie worth the watch. Of course it is just one more reason for audiences to take in the movie. The bonus commentary from Thompson’s friend — and the movie’s writer — John Kaye adds its own interest to the movie.

Over the course of his interview, Kaye discusses his friendship with Thompson, noting its up-and-down nature. He notes how apparently there was some trepidation from certain parties about even releasing this movie. It is obvious at some points that Kaye has some upset feelings toward Thompson while at others there is a certain amount of fondness and respect for him. He even begins to tear up in the end of his interview as he discusses Thompson’s suicide in 2005, showing even more that despite the ups and downs of his relationship with Thompson, there was obviously some love for Thompson even as outrageous as he might have been in his life. Between that and so much more discussed during his roughly 15 – 20 minute interview, Kaye offers plenty of insight into who Hunter S. Thompson was and what makes this movie about him stand out.
Keeping in mind, the value of Kaye’s interview to the whole of Where The Buffalo Roam, Murray’s on-screen work and the story at the movie’s center, the whole of those elements gives audiences plenty to appreciate about Where The Buffalo Roam, making it a must see at least one time. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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MPI Media Group’s New Gerry Anderson Collection Is Imperfect But Entertaining

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MPI Home Video this week unearthed a special new collection of material from Gerry Anderson, one of the legendary names from television’s early eras when it released the new two-disc collection The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson.  The collection presents to audiences what was essentially the evolution of Anderson’s work from supermarionation to live action.  The presentation of that evolution is the set’s most critical element.  As important as that collection proves to be, the set in whole sadly is not perfect.  It lacks any physical content guide in its packaging, leaving audiences to essentially have to memorize the material included in each disc.  That is a con that cannot be ignored here. Getting back to the set’s overall material, while a pro, it is both a pro and a con (but more pro than con).  That will be discussed later.  Each element is key in its own way to this collection’s whole.  All things considered, The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson proves to be a collection that while enjoyable, comes up just short in its first outing.

MPI Home Video’s brand new release of The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson is a relatively enjoyable first outing for this collection of Anderson rarities, but one that leaves room for improvement should it ever get another release.  The set’s main positive is its primary content.  Audiences get to see in the set’s main body, another attempt at a supermarionation series in the form of The Investigator alongside the live action series The Day After Tomorrow and Space Police.  There is also an attempt at an adult-oriented claymation presentation in the form of Dick Spanner, P.I.  There is even a very old almost Howdy Doody type presentation in Kandy, which is basically a show about a foolish koala.  Though some of the set’s presented material makes clearly obvious why it did not survive, other material such as Space Police leaves one wondering why it didn’t last.  The juxtaposition of the live action and animatronic material presented in the series’ pilot episode is exactly the kind of presentation that would go on to be used for decades by Japan’s Super Sentai series.  It would also end up being used in the Americanized version of that franchise, the famed Power Rangers franchise.  Keeping that in mind, such a show – even in just one episode – shows how far ahead of its time it was.  Simply put, it shows how ground breaking and innovative Anderson was even as he moved away from puppets to live action.

As if the live action and other material is not enough for audiences, there is even a documentary style presentation in the form of Blue Skies Ahead.  This short presentation takes audiences on a jaunt across Europe, showing its key locations while also advertising for Blue Cars bus lines.  It is very much in the same vein as the old color newsreels that audiences might see today on Turner Classic Movies, showing Anderson’s ability to make legitimate nonfiction programming just as much as his abilities in the fiction realm.  Considering this along with the discussion on the featured fiction material included in the set, it becomes clear why the set’s material is so critical to the set’s overall presentation.  It is not the set’s only critical element, though.  The lack of a physical content guide is a negative that cannot and should not be ignored.

Opening up the set’s standard-sized case audiences will note that there is no sign of a content guide anywhere inside or outside the case.  On the surface, this might not seem overly important.  On a deeper level though, it is very important.  There might be those out there who are at least somewhat familiar with the material, but maybe haven’t seen it in decades.  They would be nearly on the same level as those who have not yet seen these presentations.  Keeping that in mind, having a content guide would have made for a solid introduction (or re-introduction) for audiences to that material before they play either of the set’s discs.  Not having that introduction makes for a somewhat uneasy introduction, and in turn detracts from the set’s presentation to a point.  Thankfully, it is the set’s only truly impacting negative.  The Space Police test footage, while perhaps a bit too extensive, presents its own positive to the set’s presentation.

The Space Police test footage included in The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson is for all intents and purposes little more than bonus material.  It takes audiences behind the scenes of the featured episode “Star Laws.”  Throughout the course of the footage, audiences see that the scenario presented in the final product was not the only considered scenario.  Nor were the actors in that final product the only actors who had test screenings.  The comparison of the two scenarios and the actors is key because it adds to the appreciation for the final product.  The scenarios presented in the test footage show that that material was just too campy even despite some impressive animatronic and prosthetics work with the aliens.  Even the lead actors presented in the test footage were a bit over the top cheesy in their presentation.  Keeping that in mind, the presentation used in the final product proves to be much more fitting for the show, even being a cop drama.

At the same time that the show’s test footage proves integral to this set’s presentation, it also is somewhat disappointing in just how much test footage is shown.  So much of the material takes place in an alleyway scene, and shows time and again the actors handling the same scenario.  There is also a bevy of in-car test footage with the lead actors that honestly gets boring after a while.  All of this material honestly could have (in this critic’s eye) been cut back, and should have for that matter.  Considering this, the intrinsic value of the test footage shows the importance of Space Police to Anderson’s career, and its place within its genre.  However, it is too much of a good thing even in its use of comparing scenarios and actors.  With this in mind, the test footage included in this set is both a positive and a negative.  When it is set alongside the set’s primary material, the whole of that material becomes a presentation that is enjoyable, but honestly leaves something to be desired in the end.  That is not to say that it is a total loss, but there is room to grow if this set is ever re-issued or if it is ever included in another Anderson collection.

The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson is an interesting new collection of rarities from the famed figure’s career.  It shows a part of his career that has rarely if ever been seen thanks to the primary material presented in its lead disc.  The lack of a content guide of any sort is a detractor for this collection, though.  It takes away from the overall presentation and viewing experience, but does not make the presentation a total loss.  The bonus Space Police test footage adds back what is taken away by the lack of a content guide thanks to the insight that it adds to that one episode.  At the same time, there is such an abundance of that test footage that it really feels like overkill and should have been shaved back.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to this set’s whole.  All things considered, they make the set a collection that while not a total loss, one that leaves room for growth in the next Gerry Anderson collection.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from mpi media group and MPI Home Video is available online now at:

 

 

 

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